What is a .XCF File And How To Open It – GIMP (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .xcf extension and you don’t know what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .xcf file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .XCF file?

The file extension .XCF comes from GIMP Image File. This file extension was developed by GIMP. The file is a raster related file.

What to know

There are currently 5 software that can open the .xcf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .XCF file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .XCF file on various operating systems.

How to open a .XCF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .xcf file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the IrfanView software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: GIMP, CinePaint, XnViewMP and IrfanView.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .XCF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the IrfanView software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .XCF file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .xcf file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the XnViewMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use GIMP, Seashore, CinePaint and XnViewMP software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .XCF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the XnViewMP software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .XCF file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .xcf file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP and CinePaint software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .XCF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .XCF file?

If you are still unable to open the .XCF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .XCF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .xci – Nintendo, .xcode – Apple, .xcodeplugin – Apple, .xcodeproj – Apple, .xcplugin – Apple. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .XCF file with the IrfanView, GIMP, CinePaint, XnViewMP programs on Windows, XnViewMP, GIMP, Seashore, CinePaint programs on Mac and GIMP, CinePaint software on Linux.